This anniversary is a little more special than the rest, for one big reason; we are now parents! This morning, on our anniversary, we woke up to a happy baby kicking her feet, wailing her arms all around and saying "da da da da" with the biggest smile she can give. We all love to snuggle together in the big bed on Saturday mornings; this morning being extra special for us.
Parenting together has been our greatest adventures, yet. This past year, we have been there for one another through the thick of parenting a newborn, and now, infant child. To have the one you love by your side through labor, delivery and beyond is a feeling and experience like none other. We have never felt more connected, more committed and more in love than we have this year with our baby girl, Piper Grace.
It is amazing to watch our little girl grow and know that she came from our love; a love that began so many years ago. Here is our story, one that I will be happy to share with our little girl one day.
My husband, Nick, asked me to be his girlfriend in 6th period English class on November 19, 2003. He was playing his guitar when he asked me. I said yes, and when the bell rang, I ran down the hall with my friend jumping and giggling. I thought it was the happiest day of my life.
Nick dressed up and brought me flowers to work when he picked me up for our anniversary celebrating one year of dating. He was old enough to drive, and I was allowed to go with him. He was wearing cologne and drove us in his mom's red car. When we got in, he had a CD playing our song. As I sat next to him in the car, listening to our song play; watching him drive me to dinner; holding flowers that he had bought for me in my hands, I thought it was the happiest day of my life.
Nick got accepted to a school 7 hours away from home. We took turns driving to see one another at least once a month for two years. When he graduated in 2008, I drove down to attend the ceremony with his parents. He was finally coming back home! We were going to live together when he returned. I thought that was the happiest day of my life.
On October 19, 2008, Nick drove me to the beach during sunset, got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I thought that was the happiest day of my life.
On September 19, 2009, the double doors in the Church opened, and I saw Nick standing at the end of the isle. I squeezed my fathers arm as he and I began to walk toward Nick. All of my family and friends were there. My dad gave me away to Nick. We exchanged vows, and kissed. We became husband and wife. I thought that was the happiest day of my life.
On May 15, 2014, we found out we were expecting a child. I wrote him a note telling him that there was a surprise for him in the oven. I put the positive pregnancy test in the oven and closed the door. When he got home, he read the note and gave me a hug. I asked him what he thought it was, and he said "meatloaf" with a big smile on his face. I told him it wasn't meatloaf and to go check it out. He opened the oven door and look at the test for a few seconds. Then he looked back at me and said "are you serious?!" I shook my head and cried happy tears and he came and hugged me. He had happy tears, too. He said, "Is everything okay? Should I sell my truck? Are we going to be okay?". I just laughed as he went through his turn with the panic stage and reassured him that it was all going to be okay. I thought this was the happiest day of my life.
On January 21, 2015, After a hours of labor, I was rushed for an emergency c-section. Our baby was in trouble, and we were so scared. I starred at my husband and just kept saying in a weak voice, "I want my baby, I want my baby, I want my baby." I had to have said it about 50 times. I said it until she arrived, until I heard those beautiful first cries. I know people say this all the time, but it was truly the best sound in the entire world. My baby was here, she was breathing, she was safe. Piper had beautiful dark hair, and full cheeks. Her cries were strong, and music to our ears. Once she was taken back to be weighed, I looked at my husband and cried "that's our baby, that's our baby". He had tears in his eyes, and was choked up saying, "yes, yes." I thought that was the happiest day in my life.
Each of these instances are just a glimpse of the love we share. I have considered each of these moments, and many more unmentioned moments with Nick, to have been the happiest moments of my life. While it seems to be typical for people to consider their wedding day the happiest day of their life, I absolutely wouldn't stop there.
As you can see, I thought many of the special days mentioned previous to our wedding were the happiest of my life. I didn't know then how much more there was. How much more I could love him.
Love is so mysterious. Just when you think that you couldn't possibly love somebody any more than you do in one given moment, your love then grows. Nick has shown me more love in a moments feeling than some people get to see in a lifetime. I am complete because of him. I thank God daily for our love; for giving him to me so early in life. I pray daily for a long life with Nick, the one who always makes me smile. The one who makes me feel complete.
Happy Anniversary, Nicholas. The best is yet to come.